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Congratulations April SPE Student Chapter of the Month – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)!

The student chapter at University of Petroleum & Energy Studies has proven that even the new chapters can quickly become quite successful.  The students of this chapter hosted Mr. Labastie (2011 SPE President) at a recent inaugural of UPES SPE Magazine Energy Era.  The event was also attended by Mr. Manav Kanwar (Secretary, SPE India Council) and Mr. Waleed Refaay (Managing Director, Middle East/India).  The chapter is accomplishing their goal of providing members an overall exposure with interaction, participation and competition with present and future professionals of the industry.

UPES hosted UPES Fest 2011, national level fest attended by company professionals from ONGC, Shell, Cairn, Reliance and Petrobangia.  The event was sponsored by ONGC, Shell, OBC and UPES.

This chapter has hosted visits from many industry professionals, including Mr. Sudhir Vasudeva, Dr. Tarun Chakraborti and Mr. Santanu, which strengthened the students’ bond with some of the prominent leaders in India.  Some student members attended SPE ATW held at Mumbai, as well as a Young Professional workshop at Bangalore.  The chapter launched Anubhav Mentorship Program and “Donate a Sunday,” a social service program.  They have organized “Safety Demonstration,” where chapter volunteers spread road safety awareness.  In an environmental awareness program, the chapter participated in “Tree Festival” along with around 1,200 younger students.

The chapter is rising above obstacles by using consistent effort and organized planning.  They have had great support from their university and faculty.  They planned orientation presentations for newcomers to the chapter and designed special activities for them.  They have become quite skilled at strengthening membership by using notices, posters, mass mailings and classroom publicity.  A great big hearty congratulations to the student members of University of Petroleum & Energy Studies SPE Student Chapter for winning SPE Student Chapter of the Month for April!  Keep up the extraordinary work!


SPE Student Chapter NED University of Engineering and Technology Organizes Energy Awareness Week

SPE NED Student Chapter organized “Energy Awareness Week” from February 28 to March 5, 2011. Banners were displayed and flyers were distributed throughout the university to create general awareness amongst the students.

The poster advertising the event.

Over 400 students attended.  The event was sponsored by PPL, PSO, ENGRO CORP, KESC and SHELL.

Students signing in at the Attendance Desk.

The objectives were to:

  • Make students aware about their basic need of energy and better utilization of energy resources.
  • Encourage energy conservation.
  • Discuss the role of fossil fuels in the future and the idea that fossil fuel is only deteriorating the environment.

The program included a three day workshop with lectures by speakers from renowned organizations and was broken into several parts comprising of different activities and lectures.  A poster competition also took place.

The event was a success.

SPE Student Chapter Maharashtra Institute of Technology Holds Final Model Making Competition

The MIT Chapter held the final of “The Model Making Competition”.  The objective was to design tools to remove a fish stuck in the wellbore.  A total of 28 teams made up of second- and third-year students competed.  Each team had to explain the design and working of the tool they developed, and then remove the stuck fish within 10 minutes.  While many teams were successful in removing the stuck fish, some teams were not so lucky.  The fastest contestants were able to remove the fish in 49 seconds.

The judges were Mr. Sudeepto Bannerjee, a Reservoir Engineer at Maersk Oil and Mr. Mujeer Sheikh, a Drilling Engineer at Baker Hughes.

”It was a great experience. The students are getting exposure to the real time challenges faced in the petroleum industry” – Mr. Sheikh.

The UPES team with Alain Labastie.

SPE Student Chapter University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Launches a Magazine

About 200 members of the UPES Chapter were fortunate to have Alain Labastie (2011 SPE president), Waleed Refray (SPE Managing Director – Middle East, North Africa and India) and Manav Kanwar (Secretary, SPE Indian Council) at the launch of their magazine “ENERGY ERA”. The visit also coincided with the UPES SPE FEST 2011.

The launch of the ENERGY ERA Magazine

The guests later planted saplings in the University campus as a symbol of environmental awareness, before attending a dinner hosted by the University and Section in honor of the SPE President.

The UPES team with Alain Labastie.